Sligo Live give new music a chance to shine with Arrivals gig showcase


As part of their Arrivals series, Sligo Live will present some of the best emerging talent on the music scene from Thursday, October 27 to Monday, October 31.\

LOCAL: Talented teenager Étáin hails from Co. Leitrim.
LOCAL: Talented teenager Étáin hails from Co. Leitrim.

All Arrivals events are free and it’s a great way for festival goers to experience live music throughout the day in intimate venues around Sligo.\\\
These emerging artists will join a stellar array of top quality music including Rodrigy Y Gabriela, Paul brady, The Saw Doctors, Little Green Cars, Lynched, Sara Watkins and more.\
The full Arrivals listings are:

ENDA REILLY (Oct 27, 6pm. Hargadon’s)
Enda is a winner of the Christie Hennessy Song Competition, Comórtas Amhráin Rónán Beo, has played with John Spillane, Kila, Liam O Maonlai, Rónán O Snodaigh and John Prine and sang with The RTE concert Orchestra. Enda’s recently released album ‘Whorls’, is a selection of WB Yeats’ poetry set to music.

SARAMAI (Oct 28, 1pm. Cafe Victor)
Echoing Low and Kate Bush by way of Beach House, Saramai Leech (vocals, keys) is accompanied by Aimie Mallon (drums) and Cormac O’Keeffe (guitar). Her debut EP Red Moon and forthcoming release were both recorded by Tommy McLaughlin at Attica Studios (SOAK, Villagers). Recent appearances include Other Voices in

AURAL AIR (Oct 28, 3pm. Sweet Beat Cafe)
With links to Sligo and Kildare, Aural Air is the musical project of Laura Rai. Laura’s music draws on a range of influences, from the melodic song-writing of Elliott Smith, to the psychedelic soundscapes of Warpaint, creating songs that are intimate and unafraid to wear thoughts and hearts on their sleeves.

NOCTURNES (Oct 29, 11am. Lyons Cafe)
Nocturnes are a four-piece band based in Dublin. They weave atmospheric new-age noir featuring meditative atmospherics alongside folk-tinged tales of redemption. The story of their new record ‘The Soft Animal’ involves oceanic themes, dramatic rescues, glimpses of the fantastical, and our struggles with serpents of many types, real and

STEPHEN A MURPHY (Oct 29, 12:30pm. Heart’s Desire)
Former Irish slam-poetry champion, Stephen A Murphy is a poet and author from Leitrim. Stephen writes and recites from the heart and the head. Works including ‘Was it For This?’ and ‘Before you Push the Chair’ have gained widespread acclaim as he speaks truth about life in modern Ireland.

COMRADE HAT (Oct 29, 2pm. Lily & Lolly’s)
Comrade Hat is multifaceted musician Neil Burns from Derry. With a background in Classical composition and jazz piano, he remains active in both fields. As Comrade Hat, however, he pursues his song-writing muse in a variety of often surprising ways. A prolific artist, his singular vision has earned him a growing reputation for quietly ambitious music.

ANN SCOTT (Oct 29, 4pm. Kate’s Kitchen)
Twice nominated in the best female category for the Irish Meteor Awards, Ann Scott has developed a reputation as one of Ireland’s most original creative voices. Experimenting with unusual melodies, ideas and lyrics, Scott’s musical armoury consists of a range of left-field guitars and vintage synths.

PINE THE PILCROW (Oct 29, 6pm. Hargadon’s)
Pine The Pilcrow (Kevin Murray, Hannah Ryan & Robert Campbell) released their critically acclaimed eponymous debut EP in March and are making big waves in the Irish music scene. The piano, cello and violin 3 piece have received early reviews describing their music as “stunning”, “cinematic” and “atmospheric, melodic gold”.

MOON LOOKS ON (Oct 30, 1:30pm. The Gallery Cafe at The Model)
Moon Looks On (Stephen Gormley, Aisling Bridgeman, Laura Ryder, Jack Bird & Andy Rag) are a five-piece band based primarily in Dublin. Their sound is a fusion of both modern contemporary folk and soul, with dabs of reggae, blues, country and pop. Their debut EP is out in October 2016.

THE WRANGLERS (OCt 30, 5pm. The Glasshouse)
The Wranglers (Luke Mercer, Michael Conefrey, Anthony Mannion) will be putting together a collection of old and new songs for a Sligo Live special. This performance will focus on 3 part harmonies as well as Sea Shanties, Irish ballads and old-timey bluegrass songs which will feature strongly in their set bringing the gritty spirit of folk music to life.

TOMORROWS (Oct 30, 6:30pm. Hargadon’s)
Tomorrows is a new project involving members of Biggles Flys Again, The Chapters, Jethro Pickett and Woodheart. Taking elements of 60’s and 70’s pop/prog/folk/psych as a starting point to explore new textures and melodies, Tomorrows’ sound is described as smooth and lush cosmic pop.

ÉTÁIN (Oct 31, 4pm. ”sta Cafe)
Winner of the 2016 Young Songwriter’s Award, Étáin is an 18 year-old singer/songwriter from Leitrim. Influenced by Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush and the 70’s punk movement, Étáin has gigged extensively across Ireland and Britain debuting her track ‘A Faint Sense of Heaven’ in The Cavern Club, Liverpool.

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